Carpenter on a Mission

Pack Pride checks in with Roswell (GA) linebacker Ben Carpenter after his recent workout at NC State's camp.

Roswell (GA) Centennial linebacker Ben Carpenter received exciting news recently in the form of an offer from Ole Miss.

While the Rebels were the first school to extend an offer to the 6-0, 200-pound prospect from the Peach State, they certainly aren't the only ones that are interested.

"I went to (NC State's) camp," Carpenter recalled. "Actually me and my coaches and a couple of teammates walked around North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest, too. They were actually all pretty nice. They were all nice schools."

Carpenter feels good about how he performed at NC State, though the Wolfpack did not offer him after the trip.

"I think I did well," he said, evaluating his own performance. "I got picked as one of the top 20 or 25 guys there so I got to work out in some one-on-ones. I think I did well in that. They (the coaches) told me I did well, at least.

"I ran a 4.58 (seconds in the 40-yard dash), so they wanted to see if I could gain ten pounds. They want to see if I can get up to 210 and run the same 40-time."

Though he's a bit undersized at the moment, Carpenter said everyone has recruited him as an outside linebacker thus far. Do the Rebels hold the edge because of the offer?

"No, I mean, I don't really have any favorites. I like Ole Mis a lot but I haven't been there. I'm going to their camp on (July) 25, so I should get to see if I like it.

"(NC) State was nice, too. They had a really nice stadium. I liked the stadium and the facilities were nice. The coaches were great. It was pretty nice up there."


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